Flexible Volunteer Leadership Program (FLEX)
The Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County plans and manages projects each month that connect volunteers to support the needs of more than 8 Anne Arundel County organizations through our Flexible Volunteer Program (FLEX). Our projects are flexibly scheduled, allowing even the busiest volunteer to make a difference in a fun, meaningful setting.
Registration for the FLEX Program is required. Once you become a Flex member, you can enjoy unlimited volunteering.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT FLEX
We've done the foot-work for you by finding and scheduling high-impact projects at nonprofits, libraries, parks and schools that need your help. FLEX projects are group-based, so you'll be working alongside other volunteers from Anne Arundel County. Most FLEX projects occur on weekday evenings and weekends. You must attend a one hour in-person training or orientation before you can get started. It is also required that you make a commitment of one project a month for 3-5 months. Projects take place at locations throughout the county. Every FLEX project is led by a trained FLEX Leader who serves as your contact for questions before, during and after your project.
ABOUT OUR PROJECTS
We help children, adults and the community at large through projects including:
- Tutoring children and adults
- Revitalizing parks, schools, and neighborhoods
- Preparing and serving meals to the hungry
- And so much more!
Leadership Volunteer/Skilled Leader Program
The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County works with County organizations to help them identify needs they have or projects they want to develop. These can address short term or ongoing issues and will allow the organization to provide needed services, improve operational efficiency or relieve paid staff for other tasks while not hurting the organization’s overall mission. Organizations can identify skilled needs through the use of our Skills Bank Request form or through direct consultation with VCAAC volunteer leaders. In addition, organizations can request help developing new leadership positions that funding/time has not allowed them to develop. We then help the organization develop materials, provide training for new organizational volunteers as needed and maintain liaison with the new Leadership/Skilled Leader Volunteers and the organization. This ensures an effective integration and helps collect data on the effectiveness of new programs. If you volunteer through either of these programs we will work with you and the organization needing your help to get you trained, connected and involved with both us and the group who needs your help for as long as is necessary.
Some connections we have made:
- We have helped develop the Ambassadors Program for the Arc of the Chesapeake Region which provides speakers to outside groups and organizations to familiarize them with the Arc.
- Identified and connected volunteers for a critical Homeless Management Information Systems Project for the Department of Social Services.
- Found reviewers to evaluate donated books for Books for International Goodwill (BIG) to help send the best donated books in specific content areas to needy areas overseas and in the US.
- Worked with Bello Machre (a program for individuals with disabilities) to find a Volunteer Newsletter Editor for them to free up more of the Volunteer Coordinator's time for other activities.
And we continue to add additional opportunities!